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Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Spend a day whale watching and wine tasting on this private full-day trip to Hermanus from Cape Town. See migrating Southern Right Whales off the coast of Hermanus from June through mid-December. Sample some of the local wines at two estates.
  • Private trip to Hermanus from Cape Town
  • Enjoy a whale-watching excursion from Hermanus
  • Visit 1 wine estates for wine tastings (included) and lunch (own expense)
  • See a colony of African penguins at Stoney Point
Pick up and drop off at accommodation in Cape Town
Private tour guide/driver, Vehicle and Fuel
Bottled water onboard the vehicle
Lunch and Drinks
Gratuities
Wine Tasting fees
Entrance fees: Whale watching boat trip @ R750.00 per adult; R380.00 per child
Entrance fees: Stony Point Penguins colony @ R25.00 per adult; R15.00 per child

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


Ports

  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa


Departure Time

6:30 AM
Explore the gorgeous coastal scenery and wildlife of South Africa's Cape Whale Route with a private day trip from Cape Town to Hermanus. Enjoy round-trip transportation for you and your family in a luxury vehicle with your own knowledgeable guide/driver. Customize the tour if you like, or use the guide's recommendations.

Travel to the seaside community of Hermanus, world-famous for its excellent whale watching. Embark on a boat trip to look for Southern Right Whales, which mate and give birth in this area each year. Marvel at the size of these majestic whales, which often come close to the boats and can even be seen from land. Enjoy light refreshments aboard the boat.

Stop at two wine estates en route back to Cape Town for wine tastings and/or lunch (own expense). Choose the estates you'd like to visit, with Newton-Johnson Family Vineyards and Creation Wines among the options.

Check out the colony of African penguins at Stoney Point. Learn about these unique birds. Return to Cape Town via scenic Route 44 and get dropped off at your accommodation.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Cape Town Central
Prepare for an early morning pick up at your accommodation in Cape Town at approximately 6:30 am, as we set off for our Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip. The driving time is approximately 1-hour, 30-minutes to Hermanus from Cape Town.
Stop At:  
Southern Right Charters
Upon our arrival at New Harbour in Hermanus, guests will be briefed about these ocean giants by an experienced qualified whale watching specialist. Guests will board a modern shared boat with toilet facilities and embark on a 2 to 3-hour sea excursion. As soon as a whale is spotted, the skipper will stop the boat so that everyone can see these amazing sea creatures up close. As time goes by, the skipper and crew members will try to spot more whales to maximize a full whale watching experience. After the boat trip, guests will return to the New Harbour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Creation Wines
Recommended for wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Winelands. Creation wines also come highly recommended for their food and wine pairing lunch options. Alternatively, a seafood lunch can be enjoyed at Burgundy Restaurant on the beachfront.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Visit Stony Point Penguins Colony situated in Betty's Bay on your way back to Cape Town. Stony Point is one of the largest African Penguins colonies in South Africa. Benefit from close up chance encounters with one or two of these enchanting creatures.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Cape Town Central
We travel back to Cape Town along the scenic R44 coastline with spectacular views of the Atlantic Seaboard. Drop off will be at your accommodation in Cape Town after the tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Kabura Travel & Tours A Division of Kabura's Trading (Pty)Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town.

Traveler Tips


  • "Others did not fare as well, so take precautions or sit in the lower back portion of the boat where you're less subject to movement (the views are great from there too!)." See review
  • "I would highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky you might just get Samson as your guide." See review

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Great trip
reginas248
, Oct 2019
This was a great day trip, well worth a visit while in Cape Town. Our guide Danton made sure we had a pleasant time. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The six course paring menu at Creation wines was amazing. The whale watching was great. It was the first day in four days that the boat went out because the seas were rough. We took Dramamine in advance of the boat ride and were not sick. Others did not fare as well, so take precautions or sit in the lower back portion of the boat where you're less subject to movement (the views are great from there too!). Overall we'd do this again in a heartbeat. Ask for Danton, you won't be disappointed!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Valued Client Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We are very pleased that you had a great trip and that your tour guide Danson gave great service. We thank you for your support and wish to see you soon!
star-5
Tremendous day!!
cspell030926
, Sep 2019
Despite some last minute shuffling around, the tour was excellent! Cornelius was fantastic and the company the whale watch was chartered through did an excellent job- whales all over the place and mostly right next to the boat!! The wine tours were just what we were looking for- great wines/ great venues and Cornelius also had a few stops on his own that were particularly scenic- great day! Lesson learned- I had to supply my contact info for the booking- but we brought my wife's cell phone/ iPad to Africa. Although I had also supplied alternate contact info (hers)- when the local travel group made a significant change to the pick-up time- they only attempted to contact me- not using the alternate info. I hade re-confirmed all the details two days before we left- I believe your local company had not made any arrangements for the whales OR the guide and had to scramble at the last minute...not very professional- but the day was a success!
star-5
So many Whales and amazing lunch in Hermanus
travelWatford
, Nov 2018
We did this tour for my birthday while we were staying in Cape Town. We were picked up from our hotel and taken out along a beautiful coast line to Hermanus. On route we visited Stoney Point which is a quieter colony of the African Penguins. There were so many to see and you get really close to them as you walk along the wooden paths. It is respectfully done and not intrusive on the Penguins.We were then taken to a wine tasting vineyard which was in a beautiful setting and location. We enjoyed sampling a few wines but didn't drink too much as we were yet to venture out onto the boat for the Whale Watching.The Whale Watching its self is magical. We sat at the front of the boat and got thoroughly soaked from the waves splashing up which in itself was great fun and we were all laughing.Once you reach the area of the Whales you don't know where to look first as there are so many. There is a guide on the boat who explains everything and points out all the different places to look to get views. We dried off in no time as well as the sun was certainly shining on us. The boat company also use a drone so they can filmy you on the boat and get some great shots of the Whales from above. It was totally magical and the experience was truly a special one. The boat was a good size and felt very comfortable and drinks and snacks were provided.When we arrived back our driver took us to a local area for lunch and we got to watch Whales breaching right outside our restaurant. The lunch is not included but the food was lovely and well worth doing after a busy few hours. Plus the stop with local shops and the Whales was an added bonus.The whole day was brilliant. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us lots about the local area and had a real enthusiasm for what he was doing.I would certainly recommend this trip to all and would love to go back and do it again myself.
star-5
Danny was incredible
afslater
, Nov 2018
Danny was the perfect host for our trip. Knowledgeable, considerate, happy to help when needed. His knowledge of the area was great, and took us to some incredible sights including the lesser known penguin beach. Having a car to ourselves was definitely a luxury we aren't used to, but Danny helped make that even more special. Onto the activities - the whale watching was brilliant - up close with some beautiful animals, and the vineyards we visited were exquisite too. Highly recommended.
star-4
Whale and Wine Tour
, Sep 2018
We had a great time seeing the whales and wine tasting. Our guide was Cornileus. He was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the area and wine. He took us to a wonderful spot for lunch and stopped at a few places on the trip for us to see animals and markets!
star-5
We had an incredible day, seeing the...
Leslie H
, Nov 2017
We had an incredible day, seeing the whales, penguins and wine tasting. But what really made the day was our driver/guide, Samson who was incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained all day and couldn't do enough for us. I would highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky you might just get Samson as your guide. Thank you for a wonderful day.
star-5
Just by chance we had the same...
Charles S
, Aug 2017
Just by chance we had the same driver both days for our privately booked tours. Let me start by saying how great it was to get to know Barnabas M. He is a South Africa Specialist so besides taking us to the most beautiful coastal places he also gave us detailed history behind what we were seeing. Beautiful vistas, penguins, seals, whales and don't let me forget beautiful wineries! It was two days of pure fun, lots of laughter and he's flexible to change up things last minute should you desire a longer stay at any one destination. He wasn't watching his watch to be done with his day he went out of his way to make sure we saw what we wanted and had a good time, no matter what time that meant he clocked out. I highly recommend both these tours and asking for Barnabas. I thought I should copy and paste my reply from previous review and add in that we saw Southern Right Whales on our excursion. We actually watched a pod of about 4. Off in the distance we could see a whale showing off his tail as ours never did that. We did not witness any breaching but I enjoyed the tour. Ask Barnabas to take you to Creation Winery. Do the 7 course small plate/wine tasting, the food is outstanding! A beautiful day that was.
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Avvistamento balene perfetta
gian paolo u
, Aug 2018
Escursione prenotata parecchie settimane in anticipo. Organizzazione perfetta, dall'auto, dalla guida e alla professionalità.

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